8 Reasons Orcas Don't Belong at SeaWorld
1. Premature Deaths Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9, and orcas at SeaWorld rarely make it even to the average life expectancy of their wild cousins. 2. In the wild, despite centuries of sharing the ocean, there has been only a single reliable report of an orca harming a human being. 3. All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they haveno space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. 4. SeaWorld confines whales who often swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. 5. Orcas who are not compatible are forced to live in tight quarters together. Nakai was injured on a sharp metal edge in his tank while reportedly fleeing from an aggressive altercation with two other orcas. 6. 7. 8.